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Recent Examples on the Web BioLab also stores sodium hydroxide, or caustic soda, at its Lake Charles facility, according to Jim Vallette, co-founder of Material Research, which works with nonprofit groups. Washington Post, "Wind, rain and a chemical fire. Hurricane Laura was gone but the crisis wasn’t over.," 28 Aug. 2020 This is done by dissolving cellulose, a natural polymer that is the main constituent of plants’ cell walls, in chemicals like caustic soda and carbon disulphide and then turning the solution into soft filaments which can be spun into fibres. The Economist, "How to make use of all of a tree," 17 Oct. 2019 Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or lye, is corrosive to metals and tissue and can irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "51 children injured in chemical attack at Chinese kindergarten after man sprays caustic soda," 13 Nov. 2019 So a bitter fight roiling the industry could be only about one thing: the price of caustic soda. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Nothing Mysterious About This Commodity Except the Price," 7 May 2019 Other products made at the plant include PVC resins, caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, oxygen, chlorine, dissolved acetylene, coated kettle agent, water treatment chemicals and new building materials, according to the company website. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant," 28 Nov. 2018 Raw materials including coke, which helps to fuel iron-ore smelters, and caustic soda, used to extract alumina from bauxite, are also rocketing higher in price. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "What Goes Around Comes Around: Energy Prices Dig Into Miners’ Profits," 12 Mar. 2018 Prices have begun to rise for products including caustic soda and polyethylene. Jack Kaskey,, "Texas Explosions Show Chemical Industry Pushed to Its Limits," 31 Aug. 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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